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Production and Sales Changes Signed by CT Governor

Signed into law by the Governor, Senate Bill 647, among many provisions, consolidates the manufacturer permits for beer, brew pub, beer and brew pub, and farm brewery into one permit, allows the permittee to wholesale distribute to other alcoholic liquor …Read More

CT Insurance Change Proposal Advances

Passing committee, House Bill 7260 would exempt from certain small employer health insurance plan requirements a Connecticut employer that (1) holds a manufacturer permit for beer from the Department of Consumer Protection and (2) obtains health insurance for its employees …Read More

Production and Sales Changes Considered in CT

Awaiting full Senate consideration, Senate Bill 647, among many provisions, consolidates the manufacturer permits for beer, brew pub, beer and brew pub, and farm brewery into one permit, allows the permittee to wholesale distribute to other alcoholic liquor permittees, allows …Read More

Insurance Change Proposed in CT

House bill 7260 would exempt from certain small employer health insurance plan requirements a Connecticut employer that (1) holds a manufacturer permit for beer from the Department of Consumer Protection and (2) obtains health insurance for its employees and their …Read More

CT On-Site Sales Restriction Stalls

Stalling in committee, Senate Bill 742 sought to require breweries to offer their products for on-premise sale and consumption or for on-premise sale for off-premise consumption, but not both. Read More

Connecticut Bill Seeks Expanded Brewery Sales

House Bill 6042 seeks to allow the holder of a manufacturer permit for beer to sell twenty-four liters of beer in sealed bottles or other sealed containers per person per day for consumption off the permit premises. Read More

Daily Sales Increase Proposed in CT

H.B. 6282 would allow a brewery to sell up to a “log” of beer (19.8 liters) to an individual per day. Read More

Reciprocal Sales Bill Intro’d in CT

Provisions in H.B. 7148 would allow Connecticut breweries, wineries, cideries, and distilleries to sell each other’s products. Read More

Connecticut Bill would Allow Dogs On-Premise

Senate Bill 661 seeks to allow retail customers of farm breweries and brew pubs to bring their dogs on the retail premises. Read More

Bill to Increase Off-Premise Sales Intoduced in Connecticut

Proposed Bill 6846 seeks to increase the sales limit for breweries for off-premises consumption to nine gallons. Read More

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Pete Johnson

State & Regulatory Affairs Manager

Pete Johnson serves as the State & Regulatory Affairs Manager for the Brewers Association. He joined the BA at its inception in 2005, having previously worked as Programs Director for the Brewers Association of America. Before coming to the small brewing industry in 2001, Pete worked for 14 years with both state and federal elected officials in Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.

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